My Birthday Weekend In Bruge

I was lucky enough to spend my birthday this year in Bruge, Belgium

This was a holiday of first’s for me as I had never visited Belgium before, nor had I ever been on the Eurostar, also my accommodation was booked through AirBNB, something else I had never done before

The Journey

First leg of the trip was getting to London St Pancras station itself at 6am, I live quite close to Three Bridges train station which is a main line service and took me straight in to St Pancras International , nice and simple journey however, I did leave my house at 3am and was feeling quite tired by the time I got there

Checking into the Eurostar was pretty easy and painless, and far less fuss then checking in for an flight. You have your bags scanned and then you go through 2 passport controls, the English and then the French literally within 10 meters of each other

Seats are allocated and you get to board up to 20 minutes before the train is due to depart, and the journey through to Brussels took 2 hours and the on from Brussels was a direct local train to Bruge


Accommodation

AirBNB is something I have known of for a number of years now, but I have never booked to stay in any of the locations mainly because I didn’t really know what to expect

I stayed in a split level guest house which was in the back garden of the host’s home, now when I say back garden it wasn’t a small back garden so there was ample privacy and it was built along side the house facing out  see it here it also came with bicycles free to use which was a bonus as everyone cycles in Bruge

Activities

Belgium is well known for its great quality and range of beers, as well as its luxurious chocolates

Before my holiday I looked up the popular points of interest on TripAdviser so I knew where to visit to make the most of my time there

The Old Chocolate House had great reviews and allegedly it sells the best hot chocolate drink in Bruge. The ground floor was a shop and chocolate heaven, with all types of chocolate shapes, colours, scents and designs everything you could think of, already boxed and a counter to pick and mix your own selection

Upstairs was a dinning area which served waffles, which are another well known treat to sample in Belgium, and hot chocolate where you melt your own choice of chocolates into the hot milk. I must admit I did buy quite a few treats from here to bring home with me and boy was it worth it

Beer Experience

The Bruge Beer Experience was another great tour I went on, you get presented with headphones and an ipad upon entry and you can work your way around the tour at your own pace. You point the camera on the ipad at images or pictures along the tour, and it plays you the story according to where you are, was pretty clever and very informative

There are also interaction points where you can smell scents of the beer making ingredients, the hops wasn’t something I am in a rush to smell again any time soon

At the end of the tour you get to the bar, as you would expect from a beer experience the bar sold beer of all different varieties

Choco-Story

Choco Story – The Chocolate Museum was an in depth look into the history behind chocolate. It takes you over four floors where you can see how over time historically and geographically, chocolate has evolved

There are some fascinating pieces created and on display for you to look at on your way round too, no touching or tasting these though

You get to sample a trio selection of chocolate buttons on your way round the tour, which you can just help yourself to, and right at the end of the tour one of the chocolate chefs demonstrates how to make chocolates

The Great Market Square

This is a view of Great Market Square or Grote Markt from Historium Brugge terrace, Historium Brugge is top of my recommendation list of things to do in the city, I found the museum very interesting and well worth the entrance fee

The Great Market Square is full of shops and restaurants so dining out you really are spoilt for choice, I would also highly recommend mussels in garlic and herbs, naturally served with fries like most dishes in Belgium

I had such a fun packed weekend away and such a great birthday I have decided to host a giveaway

The prize will be £25 Love2Shop vouchers

 

My Birthday Love2Shop Voucher Giveaway

 

Terms & Conditions.
1. Competition ends 30/07/18
2. There will be 1 winner chosen at random
3. Incomplete entries with be disqualified
4. UK entries only

 

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121 Comments

  1. Kim Styles
    13/06/2018 / 09:24

    wow happy birthday- I do envy you the chocolates and what a great place to stay

  2. Margaret Gallagher
    13/06/2018 / 10:56

    Happy birthday – lots of chocolate is a must

  3. Alica
    13/06/2018 / 14:04

    A very Happy Birthday to you! and thank you for the lovely giveaway 🙂

  4. Angela Treadway
    13/06/2018 / 14:46

    happy birthday x

  5. Martina Pichova
    13/06/2018 / 15:22

    The guest house looks amazing in the photo.

  6. Amandeep Sibia
    13/06/2018 / 16:41

    Lovely prize, thank you!

  7. Tracy Nixon
    13/06/2018 / 17:40

    Happy Birthday!!!!!!!!!!!

  8. Joanne Beale
    13/06/2018 / 18:02

    Happy Birthday

  9. Anthea Holloway
    13/06/2018 / 18:53

    What a super place Bruges is! I am so glad that you had a lovely time there.

  10. john prendergast
    13/06/2018 / 19:15

    Happy birthday

  11. Margaret Clarkson
    13/06/2018 / 19:16

    Happy Birthday! It’s so nice to read about your lovely trip.

  12. William Gould
    13/06/2018 / 19:40

    Happy birthday! Bruges is lovely during the Christmas market with the ice rink in the centre of the square!

  13. Char Keddy
    13/06/2018 / 20:34

    Happy Birthday!! Bruges is beautiful and the chocolates are soooo delish! xx

  14. Charlene Merrall
    13/06/2018 / 20:56

    Happy birthday!

  15. ann goody
    13/06/2018 / 21:59

    Happy Birthday! Love the Bruges pic.

  16. Charlie Brunton
    14/06/2018 / 04:08

    Happy birthday! What a beautiful place Bruges is, your photography is stunning!

  17. Charlie Brunton
    14/06/2018 / 04:08

    Happy birthday! What a beautiful place Bruges is, your photography is stunning!

  18. Natalie Gillham
    14/06/2018 / 06:52

    Happy Birthday, glad you had a lovely Trip, the chocolate Lady and the Tramp figures are fab!

  19. Ruth Harwood
    14/06/2018 / 10:27

    Happy Birthday! I really hope you have loads cake! I love cake! xx

  20. Susan B
    14/06/2018 / 10:30

    Happy birthday to you!
    What a lovely post. I am hoping to travel on Eurostar soon so appreciate the helpful information.
    Sometimes predictive text is too clever (St Pancreas station?). I wish I could remember some of the funny things mine has come up with to share with you.
    I am new to your blog but look forward to hearing more from you.

  21. sarah
    14/06/2018 / 12:06

    Hope you had a lovely birthday Claire 🙂 i keep looking at AirB&B there is some amazing places to stay on the site

  22. Solange
    14/06/2018 / 17:58

    Happy Birthday

  23. KEV C
    14/06/2018 / 18:48

    many happy returns 🙂

  24. Laura Pritchard
    14/06/2018 / 19:28

    Happy birthday! What a lovely place to celebrate!

  25. laura jones
    14/06/2018 / 19:59

    A VERY HAPPY BIRTHDAY

  26. Fay
    14/06/2018 / 20:36

    Happy birthday. It looks amazing! I’ve never been before

  27. Sheena Batey
    14/06/2018 / 21:35

    These vouchers would be very welcome

  28. Rebecca Cusick
    14/06/2018 / 22:02

    Hope you had a fab weekend! It looks lovely x

  29. Rebecca Cusick
    14/06/2018 / 22:04

    Hope you had a nice weekend! It looks lovely xx

  30. Alice Gilkes
    15/06/2018 / 03:12

    Happy birthday.

  31. gemma hendry
    15/06/2018 / 10:55

    happy birthday, thanks for a great giveaway

  32. Tania Stannard
    15/06/2018 / 11:57

    I love chocolate and lady and the tramp looked fab. What a great place to visit.

  33. Michelle Smith
    15/06/2018 / 18:48

    Happy Birthday x

  34. Sean Eccles
    16/06/2018 / 08:35

    Happy birthday

  35. 16/06/2018 / 09:04

    Happy Birthday! 🙂 It looks like it was a great trip.

  36. Jade Hewlett
    16/06/2018 / 10:59

    Happy Birthday, looks like a lovely place to visit

  37. Gillian Hitchen
    16/06/2018 / 16:50

    I love Bruges and especially loved the Chocolate Line, they had the best chocolates in the town!

  38. Chris Andrews
    16/06/2018 / 17:42

    xx happy birthday xx

  39. Emma Walton
    17/06/2018 / 08:34

    Wishing you a very happy birthday! And thank you for this generous giveaway – I would love to win as I want a pair of wedge sandals, lol

  40. Lorna Ledger
    17/06/2018 / 17:19

    ahh Happy Birthday , glad you had a good time

  41. Carolyn E
    18/06/2018 / 23:21

    I had a great weekend in Baruge a while ago and loved reading your post. It bought back happy memories. Thanks for sharing.

  42. Kelly Hirst
    19/06/2018 / 09:01

    A very happy Birthday and a big thank you for running this competition

  43. A.E. ADKINS
    20/06/2018 / 05:27

    Looks a great break, hope you had a fab time

  44. Nadia Josephine
    20/06/2018 / 22:38

    The lady and the tramp! So cute! Who doesnr love chocolate? Have a wonderful time!

  45. Jules Eley
    21/06/2018 / 21:02

    Happy Birthday 🙂

  46. Susan B
    22/06/2018 / 17:06

    Happy birthday. What a lovely post and trip. Thanks for sharing.

  47. claire griffiths
    23/06/2018 / 08:48

    happy birthday 🙂 x look like it was a great trip

  48. 25/06/2018 / 07:13

    Happy Birthday and thanks for the chance to win your comp

  49. Lesley Bambridge
    25/06/2018 / 09:26

    Happy Birthday! And thank you for a lovely post. I loved the Lady and the Tramp1

  50. 27/06/2018 / 18:34

    Happy birthday! It looks like you had a wonderful trip!

  51. ADEINNE TONNER
    03/07/2018 / 17:05

    Happy birthday i hope you have a lovely birthday and a nice week too

  52. Rachel Craig
    03/07/2018 / 17:59

    Happy Birthday!

  53. Julie Howarth
    04/07/2018 / 11:58

    Happy Birthday…..great giveaway

  54. Clare Hubbard
    05/07/2018 / 06:21

    Happy Birthday!

  55. Rachael Sexey
    09/07/2018 / 06:45

    Happy birthday 😎

  56. Pat Stubbs
    09/07/2018 / 09:46

    Would love to go back to bruges – glad you had a good birthday

  57. Judith Allen
    11/07/2018 / 23:00

    Happy Birthday! Fab photos from Bruge, thank you for sharing with us.

  58. Ana Nunes
    13/07/2018 / 14:59

    Hope this birthday brings you a happy year!

  59. Lindsey stuart
    15/07/2018 / 09:05

    Happy Birthday, this is a super blog with lots of interesting posts thank you.

  60. Hon charlie cheung
    15/07/2018 / 15:44

    Happy Birthday – Bruges is a great place to celebrate!

  61. Carole Nott
    15/07/2018 / 17:01

    Looks like a great birthday weekend – ive never been to Bruge but it looks lovely

  62. Angela Kelly
    17/07/2018 / 15:05

    Happy birthday! I went to Bruges when I was too little to appreciate it, I’d love to go back.

  63. Amanda tanner
    18/07/2018 / 20:23

    Hope you had a great birthday

  64. Susan Smith
    19/07/2018 / 09:20

    Happy Birthday, looks like you had a wonderful couple of days in Bruge, looks a fab place to visit

  65. stacy sorrell
    20/07/2018 / 09:07

    Happy Birthday <3

  66. jo liddement
    20/07/2018 / 14:00

    Happy Birthday! AirBNB is such an affordable way to travel and Bruges looks very interesting.

  67. paula cheadle
    22/07/2018 / 22:32

    Happy Birthday, looks like a fantastic weekend

  68. Sarah louise
    23/07/2018 / 14:28

    Happy bday! X

  69. Christine Caple
    23/07/2018 / 20:08

    Happy birthday. I would love to visit Bruges one day.

  70. Ryan
    24/07/2018 / 15:05

    Bruges looks great I might go myself! Glad you had a nice time.

  71. Christina Palmer
    25/07/2018 / 19:02

    HAPPY BIRTHDAY. Fantastic giveaway thank you for posting

  72. 27/07/2018 / 08:11

    Happy birthday! Would love to go to Bruge. The photos look amazing!

  73. Dawn F
    27/07/2018 / 11:58

    I love Bruges! Glad you had such a nice time.

  74. Sue Watson
    27/07/2018 / 19:00

    I must go back to Bruges again, got food poisoning there 25 years ago and missed most of it!

  75. James Travis
    27/07/2018 / 20:31

    Happy Birthday

  76. sheri Darby
    28/07/2018 / 12:13

    Wishing you a very happy birthday

  77. Amanda Gregory
    28/07/2018 / 18:32

    Happy birthday. What a lovely giveaway. Thank you.

  78. Sylvia Paul
    28/07/2018 / 19:53

    Happy Birthday and thank you for this lovely giveaway xx

  79. Lynn Neal
    28/07/2018 / 20:41

    Looks like you had a great time!

  80. amanda greensmith
    29/07/2018 / 00:00

    looks like you had an amazing time

  81. Neil Mctaggart
    29/07/2018 / 07:12

    Happy birthday.

  82. Anthea Holloway
    29/07/2018 / 08:19

    What a lovely time you had in Bruges. Your experience on Eurostar sounds really good too.

  83. Gina M
    29/07/2018 / 10:07

    Looks like a great trip!

  84. Jo Hutchings
    29/07/2018 / 12:33

    A very happy birthday to you. Looks like you celebrated in style.

  85. Simone Griffin
    29/07/2018 / 17:34

    This is a great prize! Happy belated birthday and thank you for sharing this blog x

  86. janh
    29/07/2018 / 18:39

    Happy Birthday

  87. irene gilmour
    29/07/2018 / 19:23

    happy birthday

  88. Maria P
    29/07/2018 / 19:48

    Happy Birthday!

  89. Sam Parkes
    29/07/2018 / 22:09

    Looks lovely, happy birthday

  90. Alison Macdonald
    30/07/2018 / 05:47

    In the words of Stevie Wonder “Happy Birthday to ya” x

  91. Simon Tinsley
    30/07/2018 / 05:57

    We honeymooned in Bruge. It’s a lovely city. Happy Birthday!

  92. sue mcdermott
    30/07/2018 / 06:57

    Happy Birthday, thanks for sharing your trip

  93. Sarah Morris
    30/07/2018 / 07:47

    Happy birthday

  94. janine atkin
    30/07/2018 / 08:00

    Happy Birthday !! 🙂

  95. Jodie W
    30/07/2018 / 09:44

    what a great place to spend a birthday, i remember going to Bruges before christmas one year and I came home with kilo’s of chocolate!

  96. A.E. ADKINS
    30/07/2018 / 10:14

    Going this week myself, glad you had a great birthday

  97. Pauline Dring
    30/07/2018 / 10:16

    Happy Birthday, Bruges is on my list of places to go. Thank you for the fab giveaway

  98. Mrs Kay Young
    30/07/2018 / 10:17

    Hope you had a lovely birthday!

  99. Charlotte G
    30/07/2018 / 10:47

    Happy Birthday 🙂

  100. Hayley Elvin
    30/07/2018 / 10:58

    Happy Birthday to you. It is my birthday today also 🙂

  101. Jeanette Leighton
    30/07/2018 / 11:14

    Happy birthday to you , happy birthday to you, happy birthday dear wotawomandiary.co.uk , happy birthday to you 😊👍🎂🎂🎂

  102. Kay Broomfield
    30/07/2018 / 11:23

    Happy Birthday! Bruge looks fantastic.

  103. paul jackson
    30/07/2018 / 11:52

    Happy Birthday

  104. Sally Collingwood
    30/07/2018 / 12:13

    Happy belated Birthday Claire, hope you had a good one.

  105. Sarah Haynes
    30/07/2018 / 13:38

    Happy Birthday!!

  106. Jakki reynolds
    30/07/2018 / 14:48

    Happy Birthday, I would love to travel more

  107. Terry curtis
    30/07/2018 / 15:09

    Happy Birthday
    loving reading this !

  108. Julie Camm
    30/07/2018 / 17:12

    I enjoyed reading about your trip to Bruges, a place I’d like to visit. And a happy birthday too!

  109. Tiffeny Brown
    30/07/2018 / 17:37

    Bruge looks amazing! Hope you had a lovely birthday 🙂 x

  110. Laura Findlay
    30/07/2018 / 18:59

    Happy Birthday. Thanks for a lovely giveaway x

  111. Nikki Easton-Campbell
    30/07/2018 / 19:52

    Happy Birthday!! Looks like you had an amazing time. lovely to read and share with you!

  112. Leanne perrett
    30/07/2018 / 20:12

    wow bruge look fab i hope you had a great time im going to have to add this to my bucket list of places to visit

  113. Kellie Collister
    30/07/2018 / 20:51

    Happy Birthday – I love being away for my birthday, we’re thinking of Prague this year.

  114. Natalie Crossan
    30/07/2018 / 20:59

    Happy birthday to youuuuuu xx

  115. CAROL PATRICK
    30/07/2018 / 21:51

    Happy Birthday, thanks for running this prize draw, it would a lovely treat to win

  116. Tee Simpson
    30/07/2018 / 22:44

    Happy Birthday.

  117. Fiona jk42
    30/07/2018 / 22:46

    Happy birthday. I went to Bruges over 40 years ago, We took a canal ride which was lovely.

  118. Hayley Atkins
    30/08/2018 / 16:23

    I have only ever visited Bruges on daytrips by coach but it looks like a city worthy of a few more days. Also,I found your information about Eurostar very interesting….really getting stressed with air travel and so planning some train holidays for next year. A very belated Happy Birthday!

  119. Haywood Masello
    11/09/2018 / 03:38

    I went over this site and I conceive you have a lot of great information, saved to my bookmarks (:

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